Vintage Pillowcase Vendor Apron

Vintage Pillowcase Vendor Apron

Ok. So here’s the thing.

I keep buying more and more pretty bed linens from the thrift store. I can’t resist them! But they are slowly taking up my garage…so I needed to develop another project for them, so here we are. Hopefully you won’t mind- and the sewing isn’t complicated, I promise!

Vintage aprons are just so pretty- and I know a lot of folks that collect them. But I don’t actually know of anyone who wears them in the kitchen. But, a more utilitarian apron for yard sales and craft/vintage markets and fairs? Now THAT is something a lot of folks can and will use. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

To begin, gather a vintage pillowcase and a thrifted ribbon belt- they were purchased at different times from different thrift stores, but look at that color coordination!

Vintage pillowcase and ribbon belt from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A perfect pairing!

To create this apron, I ironed the pillowcase (oh the horror of ironing!) and laid it flat with the closed end at the top, open end at the bottom. Then, I laid out my ribbon belt about 2½” – 3” beneath the closed end. After determining it was decently centered, I pinned it in place.

Vintage pillowcase and ribbon belt from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s see if we can transform these into an apron…

Next step- I folded the bottom of the pillowcase up, over the belt- roughly in half.

Vintage pillowcase and ribbon belt from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmmm…

Then, with the bottom end (open end of pillowcase) still in my hands, I folded it part of the way back down, lining up the crease just beneath the belt.

Repurposing a vintage pillowcase and ribbon belt into a DIY vendor apron by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ok, yes- this is working…

After smoothing it out and lining it up as evenly as I could, I pinned it in place…leaving the folded edge beneath the belt unpinned/open.

Repurposing a vintage pillowcase and ribbon belt into a DIY vendor apron by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now let’s get ready to sew!

Then I hit it with the sewing machine– stitching the belt in place and three sides of the pillowcase. The folded edge underneath the belt? Leave that section open/unstitched.

Sewing a vintage pillowcase into an apron with a ribbon belt by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Stitch the belt separately as to not close up your pouch!

Last sewing step- With the apron facing me, right side up, I folded it in half to find the dead center. You could measure it, of course, but folding it was good enough for me! And then I pinned it along the fold and stitched down the center, creating two open pockets.

Sewing a vintage pillowcase into an apron with a ribbon belt by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Last line of stitches…

Ok, now the sewing part is done and there is just one more step! That 2½”- 3” section above the belt? I folded it over the top of the belt to create a flap and ironed the crease. A nice finishing touch, don’t you think?

How to repurpose a vintage pillowcase and thrift store ribbon belt into a DIY vendor apron by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The finished apron- flap open!

How to repurpose a vintage pillowcase and thrift store ribbon belt into a DIY vendor apron by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And flap closed!

And voilà- a simple, effective, and pretty little apron for vendors of all kinds- perfect to hold money, business cards, etc- and the flap keeps everything secure! Use it when you’re a vendor at a festival or market… during your summertime yard sale… or at your school’s next bake sale!

How to repurpose a vintage pillowcase and thrift store ribbon belt into a DIY vendor apron by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Apron #1 modeled by Maliasmark!

How to repurpose a vintage pillowcase and thrift store ribbon belt into a DIY vendor apron by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Apron #2 modeled by Kate DiNatale Vintage!

A special thanks to Maliasmark and Kate DiNatale Vintage for modeling my aprons!! 

So cute!! But I only used two of my pillowcases and my stash is still overwhelming. Time to put my crafty thinking cap on again… and if you want more simple sewing/stitching projects, check out my other ideas here!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Great idea. I have made a bag before out of a pillow case but not an apron. I guess you could probably adapt your apron into a peg apron?

  2. Stephanie C says:

    Another great idea. I remember the pink & green floral pillowcase very well. They were sold in the Sears catalog. My teenage bedroom had your pillowcase & the matching floral top & fitted sheet.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Yes!! A LOT of people have said that and they all remembered that this set came from Sears!! How funny is that? 🙂

  3. chris aka monkey says:

    wow this sure is using the old noodle awesome idea and so dang cute too xx

  4. That is so cute! and would be perfect for a cleaning apron as well to carry dust rags and such!

  5. Really pretty! Pinned

  6. So cute and crafty! What a fun way to re-purpose a pillowcase!
    I am co-hosting the Fiber Tuesdays Link Party, and I would like to invite you to stop by and share this link!
    http://www.ouicrochet.com/2015/06/fiber-tuesday-guest-hosting-link-party.html
    Have a wonderful day!
    Susie
    http://www.ouicrochet.com

  7. This is great! My mom and I have yard sales every year and this would be perfect! Thanks for the idea!

  8. milamyk says:

    I looove the colors!

  9. vmorgan456 says:

    I needed one of these when I did my yard sale I was always worried about the box full of money. Would be easy to whip up. Need a belt though
    Vickie
    Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thrift stores!! 🙂

      • vmorgan456 says:

        I’ll be looking for one! I’m co-hosting for the #HomeMattersParty and wanted to thank you for sharing your great project
        Vickie
        Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden

  10. These are so cute! I think I’d just use one at home. Thanks for sharing!

  11. These are adorable. Love ’em. Thanks for sharing your tutorial at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  12. swatkins827 says:

    I am once again blown away by your creativity! I really need to learn how to sew. Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites this week!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, thank you!! These are REALLY easy to sew- if I can do it, anyone can. 🙂

  13. this is a terrific tutorial, perfect for wearing for yard sales too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  14. Haha! We used to have that sheet set! I can SO remember it. This is a cute craft. I had some pillow cases that I had bought to make a pillowcase dress for my daughter and never did. Maybe I’ll make an apron instead! Stopping by from Idea Box Thursday. Better late than never, right? Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  15. Such a cute idea! & it’s easy too. Pinned & sharing on my FB page. Thanks for joining the party! Hope to see you again soon.

  16. Sarah,

    these aprons are adorable! I would love to have one of these on Market Days! I am launching a new link party tomorrow with Refresh Living starting at 7pm CST. We would love to have you come and link up with us!

    Thank you!

    Cat

  17. Thank you so much for sharing on Fiber Tuesdays! I hope you are able join us again this week! 🙂

  18. I can also see a real cute purse. Soft and simple with a long strap or a fanny pack type. Love the apron for craft shows.

  19. Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your sweet apron today on my Twitter! Hope to see you next week for another great party!
    Have a great week!
    Kim

  20. I don’t have to go to a thrift store to get a pillow case to use… I can just go to my linen closet! This is so cute — and such a clever, creative idea. Thanks so much for sharing at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link up!

  21. Jann Olson says:

    Really cute idea! I have to tell you that when I spied that pillowcase with the colorful squares I just had to smile. Years ago I made a quilt out of two sheets for my oldest daughters bed just like that pillowcase. I finished the edges with picots made from the pillowcases. It was a sheet set I purchased at Sears. She still has it and loves it even thought the edges are totally worn out. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  22. Hi Sarah! I LOVE your vintage pillowcase apron. I had sheets just like that growing up!

    I just wanted you to know that you’re my pick for this week’s Rockstar! Bring your friends and vote here: http://www.theboldabode.com/creativity-unleashed-73.html

    Good luck! <3 <3 <3

  23. Love this! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=82953
    –Anne

  24. I will have to try this! Nice idea:)

  25. I love this. I’m going to make one for putting my clothespins in. Perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.

  26. Love this idea! It looks so easy to make, too. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. Have a great week!

  27. Well, I can’t sew worth a darn but, you’ve made me confident I could do this! Wonderful, straightforward tutorial, and they’re adorable!

  28. Sarah, this is an awesome idea!!! Love it!!!

  29. These are darling. I love the size of them! Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle. xoxo

  30. Those both turned out so stinking cute! What a great idea!

  31. Oh my gosh…how pretty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  32. This is an adorable idea! Thanks for the easy tutorial, too!

  33. Fantastic repurpose of a vintage pillowcase. Now that is a sewing project that even a complete sewing novice can do. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm. sb

  34. Practical yet purposeful. I’m pretty sure I had the quilt-looking pillowcase pattern as a kid in the 80s! Visiting from Vintage Charm party.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I think a lot of us had that pattern- I eventually found the original Sears ad online for it! There was even wallpaper in that pattern…a little pattern overload, classic ’80s. 🙂

  35. I like having an apron on when I’m working on projects. Now I’ll be grabbing up a few pillow cases when I see them at the thrift store. Very creative and easy to make, thanks for the idea!

  36. What a cute idea!! My kids love to help me in the kitchen and they have some pillowcases they got from the Disney Cruise we went on and they would be perfect for this project!! Thank you for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!!

  37. I love the apron and I love to Iron too!!! My grandkids are coming and I am going to have them bring their old pillowcases to make them each an apron. Thanks!!!

  38. OMG! So many memories came rushing back!!! I had that set 😊

  39. helenfern says:

    What a great (and simple) idea! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  40. Super cute and would be so helpful for events I do! Plus that’s an awesome way too recycle. Pillowcases seem to multiply haha.

  41. You’ve provoked memories of my daughters when they were little with this sheet set I used in their rooms. I still have those sheets. Made a comforter with the sheets too. Love your apron. Reminds me of the one I made in 4H in 5th grade. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I just LOVE how many of my readers either had this set or their daughters had this set- it’s the sweetest thing!!

  42. This would have come in handy when I was doing craft shows some years back. I love finding new uses from ordinary things.

  43. I like this clever idea. Makes for a pretty and practical apron.
    Amalia
    xo

  44. Another great idea. It would be a shame if we kept all those linens hidden away and got no use out of them. Things are meant to be used and not kept in the closet!

  45. Kathy A. says:

    I’m another one who remembers that sheet pattern; my mom had them on her bed! Cute idea. And this is about the level of my sewing so I know I can do it. Anyone without a belt can take 1″ wide grosgrain ribbon and 2 D rings or O rings like your belt is made.

  46. These are so lovely and what a great idea. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

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